Kyle Bartley explains why investment in January could be vital to Leeds campaign
By Harvey Byrne
Kyle Bartley believes that investment in January could make the difference to Leeds’ campaign, stating the Yorkshire side currently have a small squad.
The 25-year-old was brought to Elland Road in the summer, completing a season long loan deal from Premier League outfit Swansea.
He has been a key player in the Yorkshire giants’ so far successful back four, but he believes investment in the winter could be vital to maintaining the club’s high fifth placed standing.
“January’s coming and whether we’re going to have some investment or not I don’t know,” told Bartley to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“But that might just make the difference. We’ve got quite a small squad and we’ve been struggling with injuries so I think it’s even more remarkable that we’ve been managing to pick up points.”
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Leeds spent £6.5million in the summer with Marcus Antonsson, Kemar Roofe and Liam Bridcutt all joining for seven-figure fees.
Additionally, Garry Monk secured five senior loan signings, but there are still worries that an injury to Bartley or Pontus Jansson alongside striker Chris Wood could seriously derail the campaign.
The Whites are currently hanging on to a play-off place by just two points and a couple of bad results could see them move right down the league table.
Monk will know the importance of ending the famous club’s 12-year wait for top flight football and he will be keen to ensure that he can do all he can to maintain Leeds’ high position.
But, fans will also be eager to see Bartley, Jansson, Hadi Sacko and Pablo Hernandez join the club permanently in the winter, which won’t do anything to boost the squad.
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